TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The ongoing partial federal government shutdown could soon hit public schools and other programs across the state.
The administration of Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday told all state agencies that they cannot use state money to cover expenses associated with federally funded programs.
Florida's overall budget is more than $70 billion, but more than 35 percent of the money comes from federal funds.
Some programs — such as the health care program known as Medicaid — have enough federal funding right now to continue to operate.
But a legislative review points out that many small to medium-sized school districts could have problems meeting payroll next week if the shutdown stays in place.
The state will run out of money for welfare payments and food stamps at the end of October.